Mike Huckabee revealed in an interview today that he believes a 157-year-old Supreme Court decision that found that blacks could not be American citizens is still the law of the land.
Speaking to conservative radio show host Michael Medved, Huckabee asserted that the 1857 Dred Scott v Sandford decision is “the law of the land.”
“I’ve been just drilled by TV hosts over the past week, ‘How dare you say that, uh, it’s not the law of the land?’” Huckabee said. “Because that’s their phrase, ‘it’s the law of the land.’ Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that black people aren’t fully human. Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?”
Huckabee is right in describing the finding of Dred Scott, as it did state that free or enslaved blacks were not U.S. citizens, and thus had not standing to sue in federal court.
But in the real world, Dred Scott was overturned by the passage of the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 13thAmendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, while the 14th Amendment specifically overruled Dred Scott by granting citizenship to all persons born in the United States.
Huckabee, who is running for president on the Republican Party ticket, made his comment in the middle of a discussion of his role in the ongoing Kim Davis controversy. Huckabee has attached himself to Davis, who broke the law and claimed that even though her job was to provide marriage certificates to people in her Kentucky county, she could refuse to do so for gay couples.
In defending Davis, Huckabee and others (like Sen. Ted Cruz) have also incorrectly asserted that religious faith trumps United States law.
Now with these mangled comments on Dred Scott, it is clear Huckabee does not even understand U.S. law. He believes that the Supreme Court decision ruling that blacks are not citizens remains on the books. He has, with a sweep of the hand, ignored two constitutional amendments that people fought for with blood, sweat, and tears.
And he wants to be President.